- Series: Living Studies
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 5852nd edition (May 10, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0842313982
- ISBN-13: 978-0842313988
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hidden Art of Homemaking Paperback – May 10, 1985
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Schaeffer describes the simplicity of homemaking, how small gestures can create great elegance in a world that too often eats its fast food lunches out of a paper bag while driving in a car hurrying from point A to point B. Schaeffer draws on her own experience, her life's wisdom, as well as her Biblical faith to remind the reader that creating a home is not about having things but sharing one's self. Even a person who travels a lot can carry a piece of home with them in having a few personal items they take from hotel to hotel turning at least a corner of even the most anonymous and homogenized environment into something personal and unique.
An elegant and loving book.
"A woman who is married and is 'tied down', or a man who has to dig ditches or be the president of a huge business firm do not have to bury their [creative] talent under the bed, or shut it up in a box and say -'Well, you know I am unfulfilled because..."..."or 'I'm so frustrated because "it" is all locked up in here, I cant give expression to...' The talent, no matter how small and hidden, can be developed. You simply express yourself in [a particular creative gift] for your children, the children of the neighborhood, your friends, or neighbors"..."and for yourself."
(Words in parenthesis were changed or added from original text.) I have been guilty of having the exact same attitude about creative expression - that for some reason I have to stop it all up because I have more practical things to accomplish. The truth is, when I bring my creativity into the everyday, I uplift those around me. Creativity sparks creativity.
This is really a book you have to read for yourself. It is very easy to read, and is just over 200 pages. I'm afraid that anything more I may say will take away from the true value of the book. The only thing that I want to add, is that this book is definitely written from a christian perspective. If that is going to hinder the enjoyment of this book, then there are other resources for creative living and homemaking. I personally found the book to be encouraging for creative home life as well as spiritually uplifting. The blessing is doubled!